Kathie Lee Gifford to leave NBC’s ‘Today’ show in April

NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim on Gifford: "In short — she is a legend."

Hoda Kotb, left, and Kathie Lee Gifford give a toast as they present the award for CMT performance of the year at the CMT Music Awards at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. in 2017.
Hoda Kotb, left, and Kathie Lee Gifford give a toast as they present the award for CMT performance of the year at the CMT Music Awards at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. in 2017. –Wade Payne / Invision / AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Kathie Lee Gifford will be putting aside her morning glass of wine and will step away from the NBC’s “Today” show in April.

NBC News chief Noah Oppenheim told staffers Tuesday morning that Gifford will leave after 11 years on the show, most recently hosting the 10 a.m. hour alongside Hoda Kotb and sipping plenty of reds.

In a memo to staff, Oppenheim called the 65-year-old Gifford “one of the most enduring and endearing talents in morning television. In short — she is a legend.” He said she will focus on her film, music and book projects.

In the memo, Oppenheim said Gifford said she was leaving “with a grateful heart but I’m truly excited for this new creative season in my life.”

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